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(p. 107) Session 9: Learning About Emotion Development 

(p. 107) Session 9: Learning About Emotion Development
(p. 107) Session 9: Learning About Emotion Development

Elizabeth A. Harvey

, Sharonne D. Herbert

, and Rebecca M. Stowe

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date: 01 April 2020

This chapter outlines session 9 of Parenting Hyperactive Preschoolers. Group leaders provide families with psychoeducation about emotion competence in young children who are hyperactive. Different aspects of emotion competence are described, including emotion knowledge, emotion expression, and emotion regulation. The session then discusses the ways in which emotions are adaptive. Next, this session focuses on understanding the impact of brain development on emotion development, with a particular emphasis on executive function. Group leaders then engage parents in a discussion designed to foster respect for children’s emotional experiences. This discussion includes emphasizing individual differences in emotional experiences, understanding the child’s perspective during emotional situations, and recognizing that emotions are not always conscious or rational. Next, parents’ own values, beliefs, and goals about emotional expression are discussed. Finally, parenting practices that foster emotion regulation are reviewed.

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